Dr Kootsy Canuto

Senior Research Fellow

Qualifications:

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), School of Medicine, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, (Conferred December 31st, 2018); Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of South Australia, Adelaide, (2013); Bachelor of Arts (Aboriginal Studies), University of South Australia, Adelaide, (2011);

Location:

Adelaide

Biography:

Kootsy is passionate about improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. He possesses extensive capabilities in liaising with individuals from a wide variety of professional and cultural backgrounds and is now demonstrating these skills as a research academic in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

Overtime he has developed and maintained meaningful relationships and built an extensive network of colleagues across industries, such as law, research, fisheries, education, and politics throughout the country. He is able to utilise this network to seek guidance and support whilst navigating his academic and personal ambitions and to inform and provide advice to others when required.

Kootsy currently holds a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Investigator Grant (Emerging Leadership 1) 2020 - 2024, focused on increasing and improving the utilisation and quality of primary health care services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men.

Research Themes
  • National Health and Medical Research Council. Enough Talk, Time for Action (ETTA): Developing, implementing, and evaluating co-designed approaches to enhance Primary Health Care service engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men. (APP1175214).
  • Medical Research Future Fund. Improving the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men in South Australia. (APP2006564).
  • Medical Research Future Fund. Aboriginal Community-Led Diabetic Retinopathy Prevention: An Innovative Model of Eye Care for Understanding Risk and Early Detection. (APP1201500).
  • National Health and Medical Research Council. National Network for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health researchers. (APP2005944).
  • Medical Research Future Fund. Healing the Past by Nurturing the Future: Trauma-integrated Perinatal Care to Improve Health Outcomes for Indigenous Parents and Infants in a Rural Setting. (APP2009348).
  1. Canuto, K., & Finlay, S. M. (2021). I am not here for your convenience. Australian and New Zealand journal of public health. https://doi.org/10.1111/1753-6405.13137
  2. Merlino, A., Canuto, K., & Smith, J. A. (2021). Implications of critical race theory for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men's health. The Lancet. Global health, 9(6), e756. https://doi.org/10.1016/S2214-109X(21)00100-5
  3. Finlay, S., Canuto, K., Canuto, K., Neal, N., & Lovett, R. (2021). Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander connection to culture: building stronger individual and collective wellbeing.The Medical Journal Of Australia, 214(8), S12-S16. https://doi.org/10.5694/mja2.51020
  4. Dawson, J., Augoustinos, M., Sjoberg, D., Canuto, K., Glover, K., & Rumbold, A. (2020). Closing the Gap: Examining how the problem of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander disadvantage is represented in policy. Australian Journal Of Social Issues. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajs4.125
  5. Adams, M., Canuto, K., Drew, N., & Fleay, J. (2020). Postcolonial Traumatic Stresses among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Ab-Original, 3(2), 233-263. https://doi.org/10.5325/aboriginal.3.2.0233
  6. Canuto, K., Towers, K., Riessen, J., Perry, J., Bond, S., Ah Chee, D., & Brown, A. (2019). "Anybody can make kids; it takes a real man to look after your kids": Aboriginal men's discourse on parenting. PloS one, 14(11), e0225395. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0225395
  7. Canuto, K., Harfield, S., Wittert, G., & Brown, A. (2019). Listen, understand, collaborate: developing innovative strategies to improve health service utilisation by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men. Australian and New Zealand journal of public health, 43(4), 307–309. https://doi.org/10.1111/1753-6405.12922
  8. Canuto K. (2019). Time to stop flogging a dead horse?. The Medical journal of Australia, 211(1), 12–13.e1. https://doi.org/10.5694/mja2.50217
  9. Canuto, K., Wittert, G., Harfield, S., & Brown, A. (2018). “I feel more comfortable speaking to a male”: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men’s discourse on utilizing primary health care services. International Journal For Equity In Health, 17(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12939-018-0902-1
  10. Canuto, K., Brown, A., Wittert, G., & Harfield, S. (2018). Understanding the utilization of primary health care services by Indigenous men: a systematic review. BMC Public Health, 18(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-018-6093-2